Recently we hosted a private Press Luncheon at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop to ring in the new year with guests from our local press outlets.  The afternoon included a chance for our guests to mix and mingle, meet the A Joy Wallace team and sample some of our gourmet menu items offered at the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop.   Scroll through the images below to get a peek of the event!

A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop, event, centerpieceThe event was designed with romantic seaside elements to create a Seaside Vizcaya feel.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop You may be wondering what Joy Wallace is doing holding a Cinderella vinyl…allow us explain!  Prior to opening the lunch buffet – Joy addressed the press, explaining how the A Joy Wallace concept came about.  A Disney lover at heart, what better way to describe realizing her dreams, and finding Prince Charming, than Cinderella? Joy’s husband, Richard Wallace, is truly her “Prince” as she says, however her fairy tale wasn’t complete, she still wanted her “castle to entertain guests”.  And so A Joy Wallace was born, dreams were realized, and 12 years ago, she was granted the opportunity to be the exclusive caterer for the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop.  This honor is not one that Joy takes lightly.  Over the years she and our Corporate Executive Chef Elgin Woodman have been working to develop a menu that would fit it with the rich historic feel of Vizcaya.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopOnce Joy Wallace found her prince charming, she had no idea that she would be lucky enough to find two!  Charlie Cinnamon has been working by our side for almost a year, and played a large role in putting together this event, and for that we thank you!
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopGuests had the opportunity to sample many of the items found on the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop menu, including Joy’s home recipe for Broccoli Salad.  This side consists of fresh broccoli tossed with Roasted Peanuts, Dried Cranberries and a house dressing.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopPetite Egg Salad in a Jar served with a mini fork and freshly toasted Italian Bread.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopOur Forbidden Salad is tossed in a Passion Fruit Vinaigrette and mixed with Grilled Pineapples, Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Candied Pecans, then offered with Blackened Shrimp.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopTwo sandwich options were available to our guests, a classic Cuban Panini with Roasted Mojo Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles and Mustard, as well as the Cafe and Shop’s popular Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese.  This is not your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich!  This grilled cheese is made on a Herb Focaccia bread with Spinach, Swiss Cheese, Grilled Onions and Fig Jam.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopCorporate Executive Chef Elgin Woodman puts the final touches on the lunch buffet before the guests dig in.  If any of these pictures made you hungry, head over to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and check out the Cafe and Shop.  Also, don’t forget that you can also enjoy scones and tea every Sunday at our Tea on the Terrace event at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens!